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John J. Degnan
Attorney General
1978-1981

     
  John J. Degnan was born on October 6, 1944 in West Orange, New Jersey. He attended Our Lady of Lourdes Grammar School in West Orange, St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, and St. Vincent’s College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where he was graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1966. After college Degnan attended Harvard Law School, where he received his degree in 1969. From 1969 to 1971, he served as law secretary to Associate Justice John J. Francis of the state Supreme Court. He was associated with the Newark law firm of Clapp and Eisenberg from1971 to 1974.
 
  Degnan joined the administration of Governor Brendan Byrne as assistant counsel on November 4, 1974. He served as an executive secretary to the Governor from March 1976 through March 1977, when he became special counsel to the Governor. Governor Byrne announced his appointment as Attorney General on December 20, 1977. At 33, Degnan was one of the youngest men ever chosen to serve in the position.  
 
 
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